Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

Ascend Columbus

ASCEND COLUMBUS

Presented by Ohio MSDC and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

OVERVIEW

Ascend, a national program supported by JPMorgan Chase, links business schools, business service-providing organizations, and Community Development FinancialInstitutions to create local support ecosystems for neighborhood-based, inner-city, and minority-owned businesses in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles,Seattle, and Washington, D.C. and now within Ohio cities! The program is an evolution of the 3-M Model developed by the University of Washington, Foster School of Business Consulting and Development Center. The basis of the model is that in many cases, minority owned businesses are impacted by three (3) significant business development gaps:

  • Management education (Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University)
  • Money – or access to capital, (NMSDC BCF Capital)
  • Market access – the ability to reach customers and clients.(OMSDC/NMSDC)

THE FACTS ABOUT WHY THIS PROGRAM IS NEEDED:

  • U.S. middle market firms are defined by companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion
  • To continue to grow, operational excellence is a critical driver for all companies; however, middle market firms are less likely to implement operational excellence and continuous improvement protocols than larger corporations
  • Focusing on operational excellence can produce a sustainable economic base that will change the financial position of employees and their communities

WHAT ASCEND WILL DO FOR MBES

Ascend provides critical learning in skill areas highly valued by U.S. Corporations. The learning areas include:

  • Principles of Operational Excellence
  • Value Streams
  • PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act)
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Introduction to A3 Thinking
  • Team Building

 

  • Countermeasure development
  • Gemba Walks
  • Integral Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Talent Management
  • Visual Daily Management Systems

Ascend 2020

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Owners and senior executives of minority-owned companies who have a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience running a business and at least $10 Million in annual sales.

LOCATION

All sessions will be held at The Ohio State University’s main campus in Columbus Ohio. Classes meet once a month over a course of 5 months.

CONTACT US

If you’re interested in participating in the 2019-2020 Class or if you’re interested in sponsoring an MBE, please contact:

Renard Green
Program Manager, Ascend Columbus
614-721-4135
r.green@r2cg.com

COST

If selected, the program registration fee is $500/MBE Company.